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Odrisamer Despaigne almost threw a no-hitter yesterday (7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks) in his Padres camo fatigues, which had Fidel completely uncertain how to react.  “I love to wear camo too, but now he’s doing it for the American Baseball Organization and representing their military?  I am torn like Natalie Imbruglia.”  Luckily, Fidel had someone who burped too loud to assassinate to take his mind off things.  Odrisamer Despaigne, or Otis Spunkmeyer as I always want to call him, now has a 1.31 ERA on the year (34 1/3 IP) and a laughable K-rate (4.46).  Speaking of communists, that’s even laughable for Correia.  Maybe the Mets couldn’t see Spunkmeyer’s pitches because the Padres were also using their trademark camo-painted baseball?  Oh, wait, this is the Mets we’re yakking up.  How silly of me.  Spunkmeyer is definitely worth riding when in home starts, and even favorable road matchups while throwing well, but I wouldn’t trust him long-term.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I knew that without even looking it up because I was at Saturday’s game, as the guest of frequent commenter, royce!.  The Padres fans were louder than I expected.  At one point, someone spilled their Chablis and someone started yelling, “Aw, that’s just not cool at all.  You stained my Izod!”  You think Apple would sue if Izod made their I lowercase?

Will Venable – 2-for-4 and his 6th steal and homered on Saturday, his third.  So, not quite the encore of last year, but I do think he should be better than he has been, if he’s available in your league.

Danny Salazar – Being recalled to start on Tuesday.  It could be just one start while Masterson recovers when being tizzerrible.  K-zar’s looked sharp in his last handful of starts in the minors and he gets the Twins on Tuesday, so I’d absolutely take a flyer on him.  I would only go one start at a time with him after he crushed dreams earlier this year.  Prove your worth, K-zar!

Chris Dickerson – 0-for-1, but homered twice on Saturday, and was platooned out of the lineup on Sunday.  Says all you really need to know about Dickerson.  Sits vs. lefties, so that’s a right or flight attitude.

Yan Gomes – 2-for-3 and his 13th homer.  I’m proud to say no matter how itchy or pus-filled my catcher scab has been, I’ve held Gomes now for about two months.  He has 8 homers and a .270 average in almost 200 ABs for my team.  Yawn Gomes, amiright?  Well, he’s also been the 2nd best catcher in the last 30 days.  Shows you that all catchers are boring.  Just put someone in your slot and move on.

Torii Hunter – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Whatever high-octaned prunes V-Mart was eating the 1st two months of the season, it seems like Torii is now gumming them.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 9th steal.  I told you to buy him in Friday’s Buy.  I will now point back to that post and make farting noises with my hand in my armpit.

Drew Smyly – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.80.  I wanted to stream him yesterday, but I didn’t and I’m not sure why not.  Maybe cause of Drew’s stupid grin.

Brandon Belt – After undergoing concussion tests, he hit the DL.  When you return from the DL and go right back to the DL, they call that injury prone.  They can be so judgmental.

Tim Lincecum – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He bounced around between “He’s not this good” and “He’s not this bad” over the last few seasons, but I can now say unequivocally that he is exactly what he is as he sits with a 3.63 xFIP and a 3.68 ERA.

Henderson Alvarez – Left Saturday’s start in the third inning after being struck on the shin by a comebacker.  The comebacker had real zing like it was delivered by Don Rickles.  Alvarez should be fine for his next start, but that’s l’esprit d’escalier for that comebacker.

Brad Hand – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  A bit of trivia for you, Hand’s father was the Hamburger Helper, but Brad changed his name to Hand to honor his father while moving past the stigma of being related to a powdered sauce filled with nitrates.

Casey McGehee – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, raising his average to .322.  McGehee reinventing himself as a .320 hitter with little power in Japan is almost as unlikely as Billy Corgan being a professional wrestling promoter.  Yet, they’re both true.  Wasn’t Corgan a waif-like brooder?  Now he’s Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart of indie wrestling?  Is this the craziest thing you’ve ever heard?  Seriously, have you heard anything crazier?  It doesn’t count if you work at the DMV.  Of course you’ve heard crazier.

Alex Rios – Rolled his ankle on Saturday and could be out until Tuesday.  Surprised to hear Rios’s teammate, Geovany Soto, wasn’t the one that rolled his ankle.

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Rangers, who have Beltre and bupkis, which is essentially like a guy walking around with a belt and no pants.  Stroman gets the Red Sox next, and the Stream-o-Nator likes the start, because, while the Red Sox have pants, they’re wearing Skidz.

Dan Robertson – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs, hitting over .500 in the last week (though that is in three games.  Stupid All-Star break messing up my arbitrary cut-offs with its own arbitrary cut-off).  Robertson has been leading off, and hitting recently.  He does have speed (think 25 steals in a season) and he did attempt a steal yesterday (was caught).  For now, he’s nothing but a hot schmotato (word).

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .266.  Now has two steals since June 21st, which is a month to you, me and the Gregorians.  Torii Hunter has more steals and he’s 57 years old and has a carved-out leg filled with whiskey for Miggy emergencies or eMiggencies.

Melky Cabrera – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Has anyone seen him hit a home run this year?  Are we sure he just hasn’t upgraded his webmaster skills with box scores?

Munenori Kawasaki – 2-for-5, 1 RBI.  When I say he’s done nothing but hit for average in July, I ain’t lying.  He has zero steals, zero homers, three RBIs and four runs, but is hitting .333.  If you wear a shirt to your drafts that reads, “If you can read this, Mitch (Moreland) fell off,” and already own Scooter, I could see adding Kawasaki, but outside of AL-Only leagues, not much here.

Rubby De La Rosa – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks.  Hate to rain on people’s Rubby parade of the Roses, but four walks vs. two Ks is not good.  His walk rate has been better this year, but he has some lousy control lurking in the closet waiting to jump out like a feral cat.

Mookie Betts – Was optioned to the minors as Shane Victorino (2-for-4, 1 run) was activated.  In other words, all Betts are off (our fantasy teams).

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 2.50.  To qualify how much I like him this year, I don’t own him anywhere and Rudy does own him.  That’s how much I like him!

Salvador Perez – Sat out with a groin strain.  He’s gonna go blind if he keeps straining his groin, the Church says so right here.

Jason Vargas – Could return from his appendectomy this week.  Fun fact!  Laynce and Jayson Nix have a brother Append.

Yordano Ventura – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, raising his ERA to 3.59.  Nope, I didn’t need that at all.  Please try better next time.  Thank you.

Yasiel Puig – Left Saturday’s game after taking a pitch off his hand, and missed Sunday.  He’s day-to-day, but with his antics in the U.S. so far, I’d go as far to say he’s hour-to-hour.

Joe Kelly – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Solid, terrific, adjective, but I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, and while my mustache alone could bench press 350 lbs., still not a fan.

Joe Mauer – Took some dry swings.  Not if there were any Minnesotan women around!

Chris Archer – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.31.  Archer has an under 7.9 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 3.75 xFIP.  Solid in AL-Only, very borderline for mixed leagues.  Didja you know the rallying song for Mexicans in Arizona was Borderline by Madonna?  Except they switch out “my love” to “my people.”

Grant Balfour – Prior to the game, Maddon saw Balfour rescue an obese man from a tree, so he let Balfour attempt to save the game yesterday, but he was on the verge of blowing the game with two quick walks and the man was probably nimble enough to get down by himself, so Kirby Yates came in and got the save.  Jake McGee pitched the 8th because Maddon wants you to stay on your toes and McGee to do a random act of kindness.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-2, 1 run and his 3rd steal.  Was a hot schmotato prior to the break, and he’s picking up right where he left off.  Mean’s while, James Loney (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 3rd steal) had a good day, because Kiermaier has a way with his L-O-N-E-Y.

Gio Gonzalez – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  He might take the cake for most random terrible starts in a season.  And that is a urinal cake.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th home run.  Soon he’s gonna need two hands to tell everyone how many homers he has!  Eh, things could be worse, he could be having Bryce Harper’s (1-for-3) season.

Joey Votto – Reds GM Jocketty, who is very short and rides a horse everywhere, said Votto is still at least five weeks away.  Votto sounds like he’s going to be back in time to get up to speed for play in the Venezuelan Winter Leagues.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4 and his 20th home run.  Well, no legs to go with the slam, but I guess we’ll have to settle for Fraztastic rather than Fraz-f**king-tastic.

Brandon McCarthy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  If there was one matchup that McCarthy was going to get up for, it was Yankees vs. the Reds.

Hiroki Kuroda – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  That’s a line of a streamer, and the Stream-o-Nator is pretty meh on Kuroda’s next, and I see that meh and will add a bleh.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 4-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals (26, 27), raising his average to .289.  His 7th inning double was aided when the ball was lost in the sun by Billy Hamilton.  And you thought I couldn’t find anything negative to say on a 4-for-4 day.  P to the fft!

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer.  Between innings, Byrd also called Billy Beane, pretending to be a scout, saying, “That Marlon…What’s his name on the Phils…Byrd, yeah, he’s got so many intangibles!”

Grady Sizemore – 2-for-4, hitting .417 on the Phils (in 6 games).  Sizemore is now rotating through the outfield, taking playing time from Revere and Brown.  Okay, Brown hurt his own value this year, but yesterday Revere sat, and this could start to be a thorn in Revere’s fantasy value.

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks.  After starting Yordano, Arrieta, Lincecum and Wood yesterday, I’m pretty sure shizz would’ve went pear-shaped if there wasn’t a rain delay, cutting Wood’s day short.

Chris Johnson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Now has four homers in his last five games (broken up by the break; hey, ain’t that appropriate?).   Johnson’s not a power hitter by trade — Marlon Byrd, “I can be, if someone needs that!”  — but Johnson has been hitting well.

C.J. Cron – Optioned to Triple-A because The Sciosciapath hadn’t illustrated his craziness in over a week, and wanted to make a splash.  Cron, who had 9 homers in only 175 ABs, is the one they option down?  I need to move on before my ulcer causes acid reflux.

Erick Aybar – Sat out two straight games with a strained groin.  He says his groin should be fine soon.  TMI!

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 11th homer.  He was on a 1-for-12 skid entering yesterday’s game, but he has red hair and you can’t keep down a ginger.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Someone needs to represent Head & Shoulders shampoo with C.J. on the DL.  I wonder if Calhoun will ever be approached by Head & Shoulders.  He’d be like the Jackie Robinson of shampoo endorsements.  Never before has a ginger endorsed a shampoo!

Fernando Rodney – 1 1/3, 2 ER and the blown save vs. the Angels.  If The Sciosciapath was half the man he claims to be, he would’ve offered the M’s one of his four closers to help Rodney.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer as he hit third with Cano out with a sore hamstring.  Seager proved that old adage that might not be an adage at all, “If you didn’t sign Cano for $400 million, you probably would have the same record and be fine with Seager batting third.”

Charlie Blackmon – Sat out Sunday after turning his ankle on Saturday.  He’s day-to-day, i.e., he’s on Blackmon time.

Eddie Butler – Rockies activated him and optioned him to Double-A.  Butler will be back later this year.  Hopefully with my robe and slippers!

Troy Tulowitzki – Left Saturday’s game in the first inning and sat out Sunday with leg cramping.  As always, he’s day-to-day.  If he were a rapper, he’d be 2Lo and his debut album would be “Livin Day 2 Day.”  Life in Denver is rocky, but I’m still cocky.  Mile high skillz like a mad Jabberwocky.

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, as he filled in at short.  I told you Rutledge would be good (18 months ago)!

Starling Marte – Missed Saturday and Sunday after taking a fastball off his melon.  The Pirates administered concussion tests:  the first question was, would you let Jose Tabata’s wife babysit your kids?  Though, he answered correctly with a no, he could still hit the 7-day DL for precautionary reasons.

Neil Walker – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 14th homer.  I’m pretty sure if his name were Neil Homer, I’d love him.  What, we all have our peccadilloes.

Josh Harrison – 2-for-4, 1 run and 2 steals (10, 11).  In this game, the Pirates stole four bases off of Michael McKenry (2-for-3, and his 2nd homer).  The Rockies played McKenry because they like to give Wilin Rosario five games off between starts.

Kevin Gausman – 4 IP, 5 ER.  About the 1000th time I’ve said this, but just look at Kershaw’s rookie year stats.

Sonny Gray – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 2.72.  His K/BB ratio is 116/45.  Hmm…

Stephen Vogt – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Member what I said about 2500 words ago about Gomes?  Vogt’s been the fifth best catcher in the last month.  Yup.

Jake Arrieta – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER. 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Well, I wanted better, but it wasn’t really that bad of a start when you consider Ks and technically it’s a quality start and, yes, I’m just trying to convince myself.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  How did I love him this year and not get him in any leagues?  This is like Kate Upton never looking at herself naked in the mirror.

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  This week’s Creeper, and there’s a case to made he should just be owned.  I mean, his .331 average in 142 ABs is making a decent case of it.

Josh Collmenter – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.64.  He’s actually not nearly as good a pitcher as Wade Miley, who has a 4.16 ERA, but I don’t really want either without good matchups, so there’s that.

George Springer – Sat out yesterday with a sore quad/knee, so that would make Springer like one of those Slinkys with a straightened coil.

Chris Carter – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  Stole that base like Hurry K’d Carter was running from the cops in Patterson.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Carter’s stealing, Altuve’s homering, what’s next?  Singleton not striking out?

Matt Dominguez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Seriously, does Dominguez hit a home run on any day but Domingo?

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Marwin was hitting a little something-something prior to the break and seems to hawe continued it.  Have, sorry, stupid Marwin, messing with my brain.  Is there an upside down dyslexia thing where someone flips M’s and W’s?  That mould be fun, mouldn’t it?

Zach Putnam – Got two saves in two nights this weekend, but Saturday’s save wasn’t exactly planned.  Jake Petricka entered for the save, gave up some baserunners and Putnam came in and got one out for the save.  Interesting how Robin Ventura committed to Ronald Belisario like he got him pregnant at 18 and had to marry him, but Putnam does well and Ventura is mum.

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez move over.  We got a hot schmotato vying for this year’s hottest schmotato in Schmotatoland.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 9th steal.  Now has a seven-game hitting streak, and with yesterday’s steal, it could finally be clicking that his owners would like some fantasy value too.  If he’s out there in your league, I’d absolutely look at him.

Avisail Garcia – Said he could return this year.  Right now, he’s taking one-armed swings, and Dr. Richard Kimble suspects him of murder.

From Around The Web

  1. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    “Just put someone in your slot and move on.” -Prostitue Handbook Vol. 4

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

  2. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    Prostitute* I can’t spell past midnight

  3. EmporersMonkey says:
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    How many days until Joc Pederson is called up?

    • Mike

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      there’s just no where to put him without a trade I think

      Crawford, Kemp, Puig, Ethier, even Van Slyke

      • puigleague choo says:
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        @Mike:
        Kemp’s attitudinal stats are only rivaled in horror by his fielding every night. He’s soooo shitty. He must be hanging out with the Scientologists…

  4. I think slam and legs should be bomb and a bag…but what do I know, I have had neither lately as my 9-3 team is suddenly 10-6 and fading fast as the red cross van is backing up to my squad on a daily basis..grrrr

      • puigleague choo says:
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        @Grey:
        Slam and leggs is maybe my favorite one… However, if a player has a wardrobe malfunction and a homerun in the same game it should be called “moon over my slammy”…

        • Grey

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          Ha!

  5. SMLV1 says:
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    Thanks Grey, Best call of the season to bench my whole staff… Cueto, Arrieta, Ventura, A. Wood, Gio and Rosenthal. Who woulda thought but yourself!

    Won my H2H, Y! 12 team standard league matchup this week 7-3…

    • Mike

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      nice! …ballsy and effective

  6. SMLV1 says:
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    Start or Bench?

    My Team ($1.6) Fister @COL VS. F. Morales ($ 6.6)

    Opponent Starting -($20.0) Teheran @Home VS. Koehler

    • Mike

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      best you can hope for in COL is a quality start usually

  7. The Thumb says:
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    As much as I love the guy, Sonny’s K/BB is not 116/15. I have no idea where the roto world writer got that. His real K/BB is 116/45. Good for 7.9 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9.

    • Kyle H says:
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      @The Thumb:
      I noticed that too. He’s surrendered a lot of walks..

    • Grey

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      @The Thumb: Oops, trusted the wrong source

  8. Travis says:
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    scherzer, nathan for zimmermann, robertson, anibal

    wich side?

    • Mike

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      Zimmermann side gives you more depth and a better closer IMO

      Scherzer is the best player in the deal tho

  9. fausto says:
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    Mr Allbright(comma)Grey,

    Edwin and Phillips on DL

    Drop 2: Locke, Liriano, Lohse, Josh Harrison, James Jones
    Add 2: Hardy, Castellanos, Gennett, Loney, Or the ATLien Simmons?

    Need an MI/CI (Have Alcantera) Im not listing my whole team that annoys.

    BONUS QUESTION Do you think Alcantera gets the ab’s ROS? or does Darwin Barney deserve one last look?

    • Mike

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      I’d drop Liriano and Jones for Casty and Gennett

      IMO Alky gets the ABs

  10. Seems to me you have Calhoun’s head & shoulder’s ginger blurb listed under Josh Hamilton’s blurb..red card

  11. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Im trying to figure out who to pickup since Mookie was kicked back to the minors.
    Who do you like best for my team out of
    T.HUNTER
    C.GRANDERSON
    JJ HARDY
    S.VICTORINO
    C.BELTRAN(this is starting to feel a whole lot like my grandpa’s fantasy baseball team)
    A.JACKSON
    D.STUBBS
    J.DYSON
    L.DUDA

    My squad
    C-C.SANTANA
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-H.RAMIREZ(might be injured….again)
    3B-T.FRAZIER
    OF-M.KEMP
    OF-K.CALHOUN
    OF-K.DAVIS
    UTIL-W.ROSARIO, AR.RAMIREZ
    BENCH-D.JENNINGS
    DL-B.LAWRIE

    • Mike

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      Grandy, AJax, Hunter

      I know you didn’t ask, but you could probably lose Rosario too if you’re rostering Santana at C

    • Grey

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      @JJ: Agree with Mike

  12. Not sure if it was the long break between your infamous ‘what else I saw in fantasy baseball columns’, but this one lacked any sort of punch, kinda of felt forced to me, or maybe was because of all the laughs our man SKY had for us the other day…red card

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: That’s not nice Phenom…go to your room with no dessert

      • @JeF With 1 F: You tell me, mister JeF with only one F, was this write up good for you? Grey is above and beyond any fantasy writer on planet earth and I don’t want him to slip up and not give his best every-time out..lol

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: All of his write ups make me moist

        • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Ha! @Malicious Phenom:
          You’re not right Phenom, Grey goes above and beyond to answer hundreds of comments every single day. Show some appreciation even on the down days (not sayin this was one)

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: That’s the nature of anything you do, though. No one is perfect. But, hey, you’re in your rights to criticize as a fan.

      • @SallyCips: Thank you Sally, I am just giving Grey a good natured ribbing..I have played fantasy baseball since 1993 and I have never read anyone close to Grey’s baseball knowledge and humor, the man is a genius…

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: Well you know… i think you often dont find the right balance in what you say. I think people who offer this kind of service for free, know what they are doing. I think they dont care about your tries to “keep their standards”. I also dont think they need you to suck up to them to make up for you lack of appreciation. Just notice and recognize their hard work, thank them every now and then for what they do and everythings gonna be ok. Grey is a fantasy baseball player like you and me, he is helping out people like me, who seek a second opinion because we all have our own anyway. We just need some experienced players opinion to compare to our own ideas. What i am trying to say is, just find a middle way. Dont make him a god but dont be unappreciative either. cheers

    • royce! says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I thought the McCarthy blurb was pure gold!

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: You have run-on sentences. You use apostrophes where there should be quotation marks. You wrote “kinda of felt” which is terrible grammar.- Black Card(I don’t know what that means. I don’t watch football)

  13. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white.
    (So that’s what happened to Bryant Gumbel)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      weird

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Is that what happened Sammy Sosa? Google him. Best laugh I’ve had in a while.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Is that what happened Sammy Sosa? Google him. Best laugh I’ve had in a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: So that’s what happened to Sammy Sosa!

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: That’s just plain scary. Has anyone seen Bruce Jenner lately ? lmao

        • Grey

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          Ha, yeah, where you been? He’s been on TV for the last 7 years

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Grey: I don’t watch much tv . I have been told I watch the crappiest shows of anyone people know. I like documentaries , military stuff and of course sports.

            • Grey

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              You’ve heard of Keeping Up with the Kardashians though, right? Bruce is married to the mom…

              • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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                @Grey: I have heard of it but never seen it. I just tried watching it’s just pure shizz. I prolly should watch more main stream. Just caught up with SOA and really liked it was gonna try breaking bad next.

                • Grey

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                  Watch breaking bad right now…

  14. Ante GALIC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Fab write-up, just fab! While we’re quoting books, here’s the checklist from chapter 4 of the ‘Psychopath Checklist’ by Jon Ronson (or Ron Jonson, I always screw it up). The rest of the book is good, but the most important part lies in the checklist.

    Item 1: Glibness/superficial charm
    Item 2: Grandiose sense of self-worth
    Item 3: Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
    Item 4: Pathological lying
    Item 5: Conning/manipulative
    Item 6: Lack of remorse or guilt
    Item 7: Shalow affect
    Item 8: Calous/lack of empathy
    Item 9: Parasitic lifestyle
    Item 10: Poor behavioral controls
    Item 11: Promiscuous sexual behavior
    Item 12: Early behavior problems
    Item 13: Lack of realistic long-term goals
    Item 14: Impulsivity
    Item 15: Irresponsibility
    Item 16: Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
    Item 17: Many short-term marital relationships
    Item 18: Juvenile delinquency
    Item 19: Revocation of conditional release
    Item 20: Criminal versatility

    Admit it, we all have a little psychopath in us. I am also convinced that most of us have met, known or presently know a psychopath. However, being a psychopath purist, one should possess all of these qualities in abundance to be considered a true psychopath. Like this year your boy Altuve has shown a lot of item 20, but not much on other items so no one would consider him a psychopath. On the other hand, I think Mattingly, Gibson and Scoscia have shown more of these qualities than other managers.

    Do you think Springer misses the whole week and if so whom would add from the following list for that period (probably 1 weekly scoring period)

    the aforementioned Eaton
    Calhoun
    J-Hey
    Grandy

    To re-cap, should I stick with Springer and hope he does something or add one of these off OSs waivers.

    Thanks,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha! Great stuff

      I’d go with Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, nice… Agree with Mike, Calhoun

  15. Jay says:
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    Cody Allen or Jake McGee ROS?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jay: SV+HLD: McGee
      SV: Allen

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Thumb

  16. Joe says:
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    The Huston Street to LAA trade hit me like a ton of bricks; Joe Smith is one of my two closers. Losing him means I only have K-Rod left. So in a 5×5, 12-team, H2H, redraft, which of these following, if any, would you offer for Perkins or Soriano? (Or would you avoid trading for a closer and just hope you can get someone off the wire?)

    Shields
    Stroman
    Kazmir
    Morton
    Wood
    Cain

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d be willing to do one of the last three for a decent closer, sure.

      You could also try your luck on the wire if you want to hold on to your starters. With possible MLB trades new guys out there could get opportunities like Feliz, Giles, etc…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Trade Stroman, Morton or Cain for a closer… And watch the wire

  17. Carter says:
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    Thanks Grey.

    Is Gomez and Harper for Jones and Ellsbury apples for apples? Or is there some arbitrage there?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      this seems like apples for apples to me…

  18. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Id take Jones/Ells side

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: +1, I’m not a big Harper fan this year

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Spring Blake: I have never been a big fan of him. The guy got talked up from day one.

        • Spring Blake says:
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          @Moscowitz: Yeah, I took him below where he was slated this year and still got burned hard… ended up moving him for a pitcher soon after the injury

  19. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, OPS instead of AVG and SV + H instead of just Saves

    Grey,

    Beckett and Lee are coming off the DL. Who should I drop, hitters or pitchers, to make room for them for the rest of the season?

    Thanks.

    c-Gomes
    1b-V-Mart
    2b-Dozier
    3b-Sandoval
    ss-Hanley
    of-Braun, Upton, Hamilton
    util-Bruce,Napoli
    BN-Belt, Arenado
    NA-Segura

    sp-F-Her, Lester, Cobb, Henderson Alvarez, Kluber, Kennedy, Liriano, Zimmermann, Minor
    rp-Robertson, Clippard, Romo, Rodney
    DL-Beckett, Lee

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @stynyr: Id lose Kennedy and Liriano…clippard is nice for holds…dont love romo but he has some value in a holds league

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: If possible id lose romo for Jordan Walden or someone like him if hes available

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Liriano and Romo

  20. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Padres games are a chill experience, even with half-full crowds.

    Team looks like this:

    2 C: Suzuki and Vogt
    1B: Au Schizz
    2B: Rendon
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Andrelton
    CI: Chisenhall
    MI: Alexi Amarista
    UTL: Pedro Alvarez
    5 OF: Dickerson, Heyward, Yelich, Revere, Holt

    Bench: Votto, Lawrie, Duda

    RP: Cody Allen, Santiago Casilla, Hector Rondon, Qualls
    SP: Stras, Sale, SonnyG, Quintana, Shark, Archer, Simon, BFBC, Cashner

    Alexei Amarista, is the little dude the latest model of EverthCabreraSAGNOF (when he was good)? Picked him up and dumped Brad Miller to the curb for 2nd time this year while I wait for Lawrie to come back. Someone dumped Scooter Gennett (why???) back to waivers last night, so I might be picking him up for 2nd time this year. Arismendy Alcantara (WHY?) was dumped back to waivers as well, hope Amarista does some hard-core SAGNOF and avg. help this week as I’ve seen from his last 3 weeks of game logs. Only have $75 FAAB left, do I break the bank for $20 or more for either Gennett or Alcantara or wait for Holt to get MI eligibility and save $$ for streamers/closers/Joey Gallo?

    Joe Nathan got dumped to waivers and I have Qualls, do I throw $10 NFBC FAAB on him dumping Qualls or even hope Qualls gets traded to replace Nathan as closer?

    • Symptom of the Universe says:
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      @Symptom of the Universe: If this helps, my team is 1st in ERA with 3.02 to 2nd place 3.38 and 3rd and 4th place in 3.45 range. First in WHIP as well with 1.162 with 2nd=4th place in the low 1.2 range. 3rd in Ks and only 10 behind 2nd. The 1st place team in Ks has 100 more, but has pitched like 120 more innings than anyone else. 2 wins from Archer and Gray yesterday helped. I’ve learned my lesson and don’t even entertain thoughts of Chris Carter like players on my roster anymore even though he has more homers than my beloved Au Schizz. Still last in batting avg but climbing, at .258 with a bunch of teams clustered at .262 to .264 range ahead of me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go after Gennett, sure. Not sure about Qualls but Nathan doesn’t look a reliable option to me either.

      re:Gallo, if this is a redraft I wouldn’t sweat him for this year

  21. Sons of Liberty says:
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    Jay Bruce…. O for New York with 5K and 1BB. I felt that this was the series and the park to begin a month long assult and all he did was abuse my team. I feel like I am riding a mule. But still, I can’t give him up. Is it foolish obsession or his winning smile that is confounding me?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s streaky for sure. Might as well ride him out even if it’s frustrating at times. The power can come in bunches with these guys.

  22. de nachos says:
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    “Billy! Billy, it’s Marlon. Your cousin, Marlon Beane. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!”

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @de nachos: Johnny Be good

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

  23. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Good shizz Grey… Always humoring me you slick devil you…. But still no love for Duffy? Also Gausman is a hold right?, because I imagine he’s gonna be given a long leash.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Gausman, but there will be a few stinkers like yesterday. He’s up for the year with no cap on his innings from what I’ve read.

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @Mike: thanks Mike!

      • Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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        @Mike: Gausman is walking a dangerous tight rope. Watched his last 2 starts and he’s falling behind (like after the 1st pitch) way too often. He got away with it vs Boston but not against the A’s. Maddening to watch a guy try to be ultra fine with a 97mph heater and devastating split/forkball. Send him Bartolo videos asap.

        Bud’s leash will begin to get real short if he does it again.

  24. Paul says:
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    Speaking on behalf of disgruntled Rosario owners, are we now at the point where we can not feel Rosary about sending him to waivers for Yan (or dare I say, Vogt)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you gotta do what you gotta do to win. catchers are almost interchangeable depending on the size of the league. I’m stuck with him in my leagues so save a hail mary for me.

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: You got it. Yeah I know what you mean – I’m in a 10 team H2H and lately it seems like a better bet to just stream catcher based on the matchups. If Rosario can’t get anything going in Colorado this week, and he keeps sitting out twice a week, that might be the final straw for me.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, in a 10-teamer it’s no big deal…go with the hot hand at catcher

  25. FRANK says:
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    Send or Receive ?

    Send Chris Davis,
    Send Yu Darvish
    Send Kenley Jansen

    Receive Jay Bruce, Cin OF from TL to Bench
    Receive J.D. Martinez, Det OF from TL to Bench
    Receive Julio Teheran, Atl SP from TL to Bench
    Receive Chris Archer, TB SP from TL to Bench

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Davis is going to have a good second half. You’re giving up the best quality guys there, so I’d prefer the SEND side on my team.

  26. CM says:
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    10 Team Points League. Who would you drop with Lee coming off the DL? Thanks!
    C- Mesoraco
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Pedroia
    3B- Longoria
    SS- Reyes
    1B/3B- Frazier
    2B/SS- Wong
    OF- Trout
    OF- Cruz
    OF- JD Martinez
    OF- Kemp
    OF- Zimmerman
    Util- Ortiz
    BN- J. Harrison
    BN- Gattis
    P- Strasburg
    P- Cueto
    P- Kluber
    P- Hamels
    P- Doolittle
    P- Soria
    P- Holland
    P- Latos
    P- Arrieta
    BN- Kazmir
    DL- Lee

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @CM: Harrison, but you should try and move one of your catchers, no need for two

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Harrison looks like the weakest link

  27. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Drop Hughes for Salazar or Odorizzi?

  28. Harris says:
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    As I watch the wheels completely come off my teams wagon, 6-0 start, lost 9 of last 10, please give me some advice for my SP’s this week. H2H 10 teams.
    I have two start options, deGrom, Minor, Kazmir . 1 start options are Samardzia, Greinke,Stroman. I can also use a RP spot for Joe Kelly over either Krod or Doolittle. I’m thinking I go… the 3 two start guys, Samardzia and Greinke. and go with the two closers. I know the stream-0-nator likes Stroman, but who would I start him over? One last question, bench Tulo with the “cramp” in favor of Hardy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d still go with Tulo. It doesn’t sound serious.

      You’re plan for the pitching seems fine to me.

  29. J says:
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    Do you believe Keuchel will right the ship anytime soon?

    Also thoughts on Victorino going forward?
    Drop Pearce or Alcantara for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with Victorino.

      Keuchel is borderline droppable the way he’s pitched.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Agree with Mike

  30. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Boy do I feel dumb for dropping Frazier and rolling with Arenado back in May… DOH!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it happens

  31. ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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    Great thanks Grey now I’ve got the Oscar Meyer song stuck in my head.

    What are we doing with Tulo this week…could miss 1,3,all of this homestand…roll the dice and start him or run out Zobrist for 5 games. 5 games? Didn’t the league just take a week off?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      bird in hand is Zobrist. He’s probably the smarter play.

      I’d roll the dice on Tulo personally, but I’m a lunatic.

  32. Joe says:
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    Wazzzzz up!
    I know it’s early but what do you think of Brantley, Hamilton, Dickerson, Martinez and polanco for next year? Who would be the best sell high candidates to package for a true keeper?
    Thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Joe: Sell Dickerson and Martinez if you can…DO IT

      • Harry Hardenberg says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: the correct answer is martinez and its not close.

        dickerson’s minor league numbers indicate hes got power, but he’s probably more of a .280 hitter

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Harry Hardenberg: I dont consider Dickerson a keeper so id sell him

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Joe: agree with others

  33. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Good Morning
    Which side do you like better going forward? Yu and Calhoun or Price and G Richards/Kluber?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on whether you need tha arm or the bat. Value-wise I agree with Mello

  34. Sherm says:
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    My experience with Petco is as follows, and I kid not…

    The party behind us spent most of the game talking loudly about

    1) How they got into television
    2) The best fish tacos in San Diego

    In the seventh, there was a roar from the crowd, and someone said, “Hey, maybe we should watch the game now.”

    • @Sherm: Rubio’s has the best fish taco’s in San Diego, tell Ralph I sent you…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes

  35. Tim Shand says:
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    Drop one: Mchugh, Keuchel, Hughes.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hughes, but they are all looking dicey

  36. Dom says:
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    4×4 10 team AL only league, Roto.
    My bucholtz for his kippins?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Dom: Hmmm Kippins huh? Do IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kipnis

  37. Fish says:
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    Was that a “Fugitive ” reference???
    Bad F*cking Ass!!!

    Rank these Harrison Ford movies…
    Fugitive, Clear & Present Danger, Firewall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: You ranked them

  38. Kevin says:
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    Would you trade away alex wood and justin masterson for Alex Cobb in a head to head points league. Thanks in advance brosetta stone.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Kevin: Id keep Wood and drop Masterson

      • Kevin says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        If that’s the case your saying you’d rather have wood than Cobb. By issue is wood will be shut down around playoff time. I’m torn. Do I make this trade.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Kevin: I dont think he gets shut down, his innings were kept down from his time in the pen earlier in the season

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  39. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey
    Austin Jackson or Adam Eaton ROS 5×5 roto, all categories are close, I have Eaton already.
    thx

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean Jackson

  40. TheShelbySensation says:
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    Springer just dropped in my 12 team H2H League. Would you drop Polanco for him?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @TheShelbySensation: I like polanco as an all around player better but if you need HRs springer is the one to own.

    • Sully says:
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      @TheShelbySensation: Unless your team is stacked, there’s gotta be somebody else u could drop to snag Springer

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  41. Jose says:
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    Would you speculatively add any of the following relievers (I am in need of saves)?

    Giles
    Ziegler
    Putnam
    Ramirez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Giles and Ramirez are good options

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jose: putnam is at least half a closer right now, and there’s no indication rondon is losing job at CUBS town.

  42. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Giles

  43. Mello Yello says:
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    Officially a Zach Putnam owner…again…and a Rubby de la Rosa owner…again.

    Now let’s see how these decisions completely backfire on me, shall we?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      …again…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mello Yello: How do you not have the Mello Yellow logo as your Avatar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha, sounds like fun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mello Yello: I’ve picked up Putnam for the 3rd time, still yet to get a save from him

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’ve done that, but double it if you include the times i’ve had petricka instead. i have gotten some saves out of it.

  44. Fistering says:
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    Just picked up Salazar and Paxton other day due to a 4 to 2 trade. Should I drop one of theme for Vargas who’s available. Thanks

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fistering: Nope

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t

  45. can't fight fate says:
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    Would you start Fister against Colorado at Colorado today? Since I have Feliz and Giles on the roster, I am most likely gonna lose K’s,. and possibly wins. However ERA and WHIP and a question mark. Take the risk?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @can’t fight fate: Im taking the risk…and hoping Tulo is out too

      • can't fight fate says:
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        ok, Ill check Colorado’s lineup before the game. If Tulo is out Ill start him. Hopefully Morneau as well.

  46. Pager24 says:
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    would you rather have Giles or Feliz for saves ROS? I know both teams suck but am trying to replace Joe smith

    Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Pager24: Im leaning Giles

    • can't fight fate says:
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      I have had both for over a week, and Feliz has not been that great. Maybe he is still recovering, from injury. For now, if I only had to pick one I would take Giles due to the fact that Papelbon stated numerous times he wants out and Soria did not.

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @can’t fight fate: Giles has looked really good this season as well, whereas Feliz hasn’t. I’m holding Giles.

        Small sample size, but so far Giles has a 12 k/9, .160 opp avg. and a 100% strand rate on inherited runners.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others…prefer Giles

  47. Steve D. says:
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    Been trying to deal Anibal Sanchez, but no luck. May just flat out cut him, since there are other options out there (Cobb, CJ Wilson, Neise, Minor, etc.). Drop him for a flier on Salazar? Need Ks.

    And Allen Craig was cut. Lost Prince at first, and have Trumbo there now, but he’s been meh since coming back from the DL. I just lost Choo to get Austin Jackson, so I could cut him, but I’d rather not, since he’s hitting right now. Other drops would be Trumbo, or Ben Zobrist who I just picked up off the wire (have Ian Desmond and Segura at my middle infield).

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Steve D.: Id Hold on both

      • can't fight fate says:
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        I agree with hold but how is Cobb on the waiver wire? Is this an 8 team league?

        • Steve D. says:
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          @can’t fight fate:

          Been asking myself the same question, but people in this league (10 team) have been tossing quality arms to the wire all year. I got Sanchez, Jordan Zimemrman, Mat Latos, and Cliff Lee from the wire thanks to these guys! (To go with my own Sonny Gray, Alex Wood and Lance Lynn.)

          Would love to add Cobb, but don’t have the room, so someone of the group above would have to go.

          • Ralph says:
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            @Steve D.: I’d drop Lynn for Cobb.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others

  48. sniff test says:
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    Victorino is sitting on waivers…so is Austin Jackson. Shall I drop Danny Santana for one of these wire guys?

    • can't fight fate says:
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      Not Jackson, he has been horrid this year. I would consider dropping Santana for Victorino but Santana has 2nd base and SS eligibility in Yahoo leagues., that’s just too much to give up, even if Victorino puts up slightly better numbers ROS.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      AJax

  49. Corey says:
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    10 team, H2H (1 win), 6×6 (OPS/QS). How are we doing with this rotation?

    Cliff Lee
    James Shields
    Ervin Santana
    Josh Beckett
    Jake Odorizzi
    Justin Verlander
    Zack Wheeler
    Dillon Gee

    Notables on wire: Keuchel, Ventura, Buccholz, Cain, Gausman, Salazaar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks fine to me. those waiver guys aren’t huge improvements

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe Ventura over Gee…

  50. Andrew says:
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    Start or sitting Lee tonight home vs Giants in his first start to DL? 12 teamer

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Andrew: Start

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d start

  51. Knyock Knyock Knycok, Hey Mo! says:
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    I missed you guys. Last week sucked. Please take a look at my roster (12 team H2H) and let me know where you’d look to improve as we head into the final stretch:

    C- Perez
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Kinsler
    3b- Donaldson
    ss- Andrus
    OF- Trout, Puig, Bruce
    Util- Freeman, Trumbo
    BN- Jennings
    SP- Iwakuma, Cobb, Wood, Vogelsong, Gee, Gausman, Kennedy, 2 stream spots
    RP- Robertson, Perkins, Uehara
    DL- Lindstrom

    I appreciate your thoughts/comments on how to improve! Thanks boys…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t see any holes. Maybe consolidate a couple starters into one better one.
      Nice team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knyock Knyock Knycok, Hey Mo!: You look like you have 5 stream spots…. Non-keeper? I’d trade one of your 1st basemen for a SP… Maybe Freeman for Greinke?

  52. Sully says:
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    Regardless of need, would u do Yu (I’ve never turned myself down) for Ellsbury?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  53. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great read Grey!

    Could please tell me who should I start ( I need to start 5 ) 14-team H2H points weekly league.

    Gio G. @ CIN;
    Cobb @ STL;
    Fister @COL and @CIN;
    Gray @ TEX;
    Minor Vs. MIA and Vs. SD;
    Stroman Vs. BOS;
    Alex Wood Vs. SD.

    Also, Should I start Gennet at 2B (7 games this week vs CIN and vs NYM) or Carpenter (5 games vs TB and CHC)

    Thanks again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wood, Minor, Gray, Cobb, Gio would be my picks

      Gennett

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: No problem… Agree with Mike

  54. Juan says:
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    At what point does Choo become droppable in a 5×5 12 team yahoo league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Depends who’s out there to replace him.

  55. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    you’re interrupting my reading , again :
    ” Speaking of communists, … ”
    nice !

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    Can you rank these SPs for the foreseeable future, I’m looking to roster a couple to solidify my rotation:

    Kennedy
    Alvarez
    Quintana
    Stroman
    Archer
    Ventura
    Tillman
    Otis Spunkmeyer

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Mike: Ventura is on waivers for a few days. He’ll be available on Thursday. I’m dumping Spunkmeyer for Stroman today, and losing a bat for Quintana tomorrow morning. I’ll snag up Ventura later on in the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Ventura, Stroman, Otis (at home)

  57. J-Money says:
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    Good Morning Gentleman,

    12 team 6v6 OPS and K/9, would you consider moving Longo for the shark? I could slide Seager into 3b and Duda into my CI or would you try to get more?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s not crazy, but I might try to get more for Longo since he seems to be warming up.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @J-Money: WET TAIL!!

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Greinke? I mean my pitching would be Sale, Bumgarner, Greinke, Kluber, Iwakuma, Cobb and Kennedy. I’d just be relying on Duda posting similar numbers the rest of the season…decisions decisions…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s insane pitching, too much

          • J-Money says:
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            @Grey: But Grey…can you really have too much of a good thing? Perhaps you’re right, my trade finger has been itchy…my hitters are as follows, if you don’t mind reviewing.

            C – Perez
            1B – Goldy
            2B – Murphy
            3B – Longo
            SS – Escobar
            MI – Gennett
            CI – Seager
            OF – Cargo, Yelich, Brantley, Ozuna
            UTIL – Polanco or Duda

            Team is in 5th out of 12, top 6 make playoffs. I’ve had some rough Sundays…Only downside is due to my recent trade, I’m only rostering one closer (I have Betances and W. Davis evening out my rations) Any suggested moves? Or hold tight and enjoy the ride.

            Thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You need hitting more than pitching…

              • J-Money says:
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                @Grey: Fair enough. Appreciate your opinion and your work. Until next time..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  58. Charles says:
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    12 team points league with heavy scoring for pitchers (50 pts per win, -15 pts per loss, +2.5 pts per k, -2.5 pts per ER, -1 pt per BB). Someone just dropped Shelby Miller in my league. Is he worth a pickup? I read recently he has been moved to the bullpen. Is this a demotion? My thinking is if he rejoins the rotation then I just nabbed a talented arm on a contending team down the stretch.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him in redrafts

  59. costaricanchata says:
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    l’esprit d’escalier
    applicable to my circumstance so many , many times .

    but , i caution you … as cutter to joe —> ” DON’T put words in my mouth ! ”
    ( geez , i’m wondering if he wished that he had followed that up with … ” Buddy-Boy ” ) .
    l’esprit d’escalier .

  60. ashtray says:
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    Votto, Encarnacion and Choo as my #1,2,3 picks seemed like gold in my 12 team OBP league but right now it’s a kick to the junk. Would you cut either for:
    Kiermaier
    Fuld
    Dyson
    De Aza
    Stubbs
    Carter
    Alcantara
    La Stella
    Headley
    Castellanos
    Craig
    Gomes
    Bogaerts
    Victorino
    Brown

    Not an exciting group to say the least.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Carter if you need some power. I wouldn’t cut E5, but you could make a case for the other two.

  61. Phil says:
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    Would you pick up Kevin Quackenbush as the next in line to be the closer at SD?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Benoit’s gig now, Thayer also in the mix I believe. It’s a longshot IMO

  62. Steve says:
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    If I may comment on the Yordano explosion…I watched the game. Having Salvador not calling the game for Ace hurt him more than he hurt himself. The backup they had calling him threw down nothing but the number 1 all game…and I don’t care how bad the Sox are hitting or if your fastball sits 97+ all the time…if 85-90% of your offerings are heaters you’re gonna get whacked. didn’t see ONE hammer all game. only saw a few changeups. I don’t think this one was totally Ace’s fault.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      interesting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Hope you’re right

  63. tp says:
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    Would you trade away Alex Cobb (unable to be kept) for Jacob De Grom (keepable at end of year)?

    Just trying to gauge De Grom’s future viability, but it seems like a buy low, sell high offer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d rather have Cobb unless it’s some kind of deep keeper

  64. Ron says:
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    Roto OBP – D. Santana or LaStella ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      LaStella

  65. Streamer's delight says:
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    Who would you recommend streaming today, I’m in needs of Ks:

    Hutchison v BOS
    Shoemaker v BAL
    Elias v NYM
    Lackey v TOR

    Elias is SON’s top choice, but all are within a couple $ of each other.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with SON, Hutchison would be my next choice if it’s strikeouts you’re looking for

  66. J-FOH says:
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    you went to the Padres game on Saturday, did you write any of this wearing your Camo Cashner jersey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah, and Ted couldn’t see me

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I was in San Diego all weekend for my buddies bachelor party. Someone gave him their giveaway Cashner jersey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would’ve been hilarious if I ran into you… We stayed in Gaslamp Marriott…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: HA, we went down there to eat dinner (we rented a house in Ocean Beach) and I had no idea it was gay pride weekend. Sky would of loved that. Half the guys I was with couldn’t get into the bars (too drunk or too much devils dandruff) so our night downtown was cut short.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I was staying downtown and didn’t know it was Pride until about a 3 hours before we left… They don’t quite do it up as much as LA…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I was standing outside the restaurant for about a half hour and was wondering why there were so many guys walking around in daisy dukes and skin tight tank tops. Then i asked and got a dirty look.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s why no one looked at me funny in my jort short shorts!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: HA! Fabulous Grey

            • @J-FOH: More small world stuff, my Mom & Dad lived on Niagara Ave in Ocean Beach for many years…

              The Sunshine Company on Newport Ave was always the place to go back in the day. The restaurant on the OB pier used to have great food..

  67. The Thumb says:
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    Start Stras in COL in a 10 teamer later this week?
    SON has him at 15.8 but it feels more like a 1.58 to me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  68. Andrew says:
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    Rank?

    Ryu at Pirates ($10)
    Elias home vs Mets ($10)
    Lacket at Blue Jays ($8)
    Hutchison home vs Red Sox ($5)
    Nuno home vs Tigers ($1)

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that looks right to me. I might flip Hutch and Lack though

  69. Reid says:
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    C – Posey
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Murphy
    3B – Longo
    SS – Aybar
    OF – Trout
    OF – Springer
    OF – Dickerson
    UTL – Ozuna
    UTL – Holliday
    BN – Belt

    I’m using a DL spot in my 12 tm h2h on Paxton and have Cole too. Should I drop Belt for Torii or Chisenhall? Or hang on to him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d roll with Torii while he’s hot

  70. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I was unaware that you went on dates with the commenters…if your ever on long island hit me up…well go to Citi Field, have some Taco Bell on the way there, wash it down with a few shake shack burgers, sit side by side in the restroom with wet tail and fire tail, and if we are lucky there will be a Huey Lewis and the News concert after the game.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: As a native Long Islander, I suggest while you’re there you make sure you hit up… ummmm… well… nevermind. JeF’s right. Taco Bell is probably the most exciting thing to do in LI.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @L-Boogie: Ha…we have the Bald Hill Monument….Could always send Grey over to Cherry Grove for a good time.

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Ha, I think he’d love Cherry Grove. Just remind him to bring his thong. The boys will LOVE the mustache. I’ll be in Ocean Beach next weekend. Slightly different from Cherry Grove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: And get Wet Tail together? I go to Long Island every August… My mom’s there… Where are you?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Port Jefferson

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: with 2 F’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Port Jeff! Nice… My mom’s on north shore (Locust Valley)…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Nice…thats about 45 min from me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I used to go to Steve’s ice cream there… Like a baller! I’m from Jersey…

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Ha…how long ago did you go to the Left Coast

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Weekend Princess Di died I moved out…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Not that that was the reason

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @Grey: I was going to say thats an interesting reason to move..ha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: That was a tough year…lost her and Biggie…i think they were both in 97

              • @GreyWhere in Jersey are you from?
                I was born in Roselle and lived most of my early years in South Amboy, on the Raritan River…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Right next door… Linden!

                  • @Grey: wow, small world, we lived in Linden and Elizabeth when I was young. I moved to San Diego in 1979, back when Cali was really Cali..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, totally, crazy small world…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Are you from long island?

  71. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, my team’s built around taking SV, ratios and most offensive cats every week. I have one roster spot to add either a bat or RP.

    For closers I have Soria, K-Rod and Nathan (along with W. Davis and Betances as MR), my opponent this week has Reed and Allen. I currently have no bench bats. Underperformers in my lineup the last couple weeks are Segura (SS), Arenado (3B), Ortiz (1B) and Mesoraco (C).

    Potential pickups:
    RP – Benoit or McGee
    SS – Hardy, Asdrubal or Peralta
    C – Vogt (also 1B/OF eligible)
    3B – Coghlan (OF), Holt (1B/OF)
    1B – Duda (OF), Napoli, LaRoche

    Who do you like? According to HT, Vogt looks like my best move of the bats since it likes Segura OK this week.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Benoit for saves, McGee fro ratios.

      I’d stick with what you have for hitters.

  72. L-Boogie says:
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    I’m fine with Gray’s K/BB getting worse and worse since I traded him for Ellsbury last night. Very happy with that deal. Hopefully this time next week Sonn’ys new owner is saying “Look how they massacred my boy.”

  73. Cram It says:
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    Palladia aired a Smashing Pumpkins show in Mexico within the last year. In between songs Billy acted out a wrestling match with full on Nacho Libre wrestlers. It was strange to say the least. He definitely has some sort of wrestling fascination. Worth a watch if you can find it. But this is coming from a die hard Pumpkins fan.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: @Sky: So weird… Seriously, is Corgan loving wrestling the most unlikely thing ever?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s right up there with Maynard James-Keenan owning a vineyard and Dave Mustaine being into Martial Arts for me.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            and that ‘right up there’ is referring to my ‘weirdshit-o-meter’.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Rico Sauve is a pastor! And not al pastor…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, just like Nic Cage was in Face/Off…you can’t go from Rico Suave to Rico Savior. NOT POSSIBLE.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I want him and Kirk Cameron back!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I don’t know, the new Kirk Cameron is pretty funny (albeit by accident) –

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Unintentional comedy works for me always

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Billy Corgan’s a weird freaking dude. Nothing he’d be into would surprise me. Unless it was like, necrophilia. Then I’d have to reassess my teenage adulation for him.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            The fact that he dated Courtney Love should say he’d be down for anything… Just wrestling seems like such a left turn for me for what I think of him

  74. jaw says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h. need to drop two of drew hutchinson, jimmy nelson, henderson alvarez. need to add one of ajax, victorino, viciedo, chris carter, dyson, matt joyce, billy butler.

    c- wilin
    1b- bautista
    2b- pedroia
    3b- ryan zimmerman
    ss-hanley
    mi-rollins
    ci-hosmer
    of- trout, puig, cargo, jupton
    util – empty
    DL – votto

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hutch and Nelson for me

      AJax

  75. Rondelio says:
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    Should I drop:
    Zielger
    YordVent
    JoeSmith
    JesseHahn
    Putnam?
    To activate Cliff Lee

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Smith or Ziegler

  76. Spring Blake says:
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    Holding cron for now? Not sure if it’s a permanent demotion or to bolster the bullpen for a few days.

    Thanks for the write-up as always!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough call. I’d hold if you can afford to. Seems like a whacky move to send him to the minors.

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, makes sense. Seems like it’s a bit of the Gausman syndrome where he’s got the most roster flexibility so he gets the demotion

        • Mike

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          agreed. I really hope they don’t backtrack and send Gausman down. A week ago it was “the gloves are off”. Seems like just a blip against a good offense, but he’s had three clunkers like that while yo-yoing.

          • Spring Blake says:
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            @Mike: Yeah, as an O’s fan it’s been frustrating to watch, seems like if they just let him settle in he’d do a lot better, some of his starts have been excellent, especially against boston on 7/6. I think he’s gonna go back down when Ubaldo gets back, there’s just too many SP’s and not enough roster space at the moment, and no one really seems to fit in the bullpen at the moment either.

            Buck said: “I like how he’s been playing, but we’ve got 5 other guys who we also like too…”

            I’ll definitely be targeting him across the board next year though!

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                interesting to see what they do.

                I’m in a league where I can option Gaus to the minors up until 50 IP, so I’ll be watching closely. He’s around 42 at the moment. Ubaldo hasn’t exactly been stellar either.

  77. Lee says:
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    How would you rank these 3 SP in H2H 5x 5 format with 12 teams: Odorizzi, Hahn, Minor? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Minor, Odorizzi, Hahn

      feels like Minor and Odorizzi are trending opposite ways though

  78. RBG says:
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    ROS- Austin Jackson or Will Venable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RBG: Jackson

  79. Justin B says:
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    Alexei or Asdrubal ROS? and you can’t say neither!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! Alexei for me

  80. Oliver says:
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    What do you think about Eovaldi?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he’s a streamer at this point personally

      • Oliver says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks. I dropped him to try Salazar.

  81. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey or Mike,
    Looks like Marlins are going to move Cishek, who’s the grab Morris, Dunn or ??

    It’s soooo Rizzeasy again!! I can’t believe you don’t own him anywhere, thankfully because of your high ranking I grab him in all leagues 8-9 round in 12 teamers and 11 round in my one 10 team

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean Dunn. Ramos is in the mix there too, but he’s fresh off an injury

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Mike: Aight! Preesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Agree with Mike on Cishek… Cause I owned Prince Fielder or Pujols and didn’t want to take a 1st baseman again

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: That’s funny , The reason I didn,t draft Abreu was because I had Goldy and Rizzo. oops!!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: same thing, i had 2 of fiedler/goldy/pujols/rizzo in every league under 15 teamer. so i missed abreu in every one, even though he was at the top of my draft board for at least 5 rounds most of the time before somebody else too him. there could be something to be said for simply grabbing what your draft board says and trading later.

  82. K. Loggins says:
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    Got offered A Jones for Samardzija. Obviously a no brainer but the thing is, pitching is my weak area right now.

    • Adam says:
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      @K. Loggins:

      Make the trade and then flip Jones for a better pitcher(s) if you have to. Maybe Wainwright straight up, or something like Price + another lower end pitcher.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d still take Jones

  83. Adam says:
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    Sonny Gray has 45 walks, not 15. But still, his K:BB rate is better than what Rudy and Steamer projected.

    • Steamer had him at 7.1 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9.

      He’s so far been 7.9 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9.

      This isn’t wildly different. (Grey had Gray at a 9 K/9)

      The biggest difference vs. projections has been that he has a .273 BABIP vs a projected .298. That drives a lot of his ERA/WHIP. He’s also been a bit better than projected for HR/9.

      Steamer is still bearish on him ROS b/c, if his BABIP regresses back to league average, the combo of that + his BB rate will lead to uninspired ERA/WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Yeah, fixed the BB count… He’s not really doing what I said or Rudy or Steamer… Sorta in-between…

  84. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Should Joe Smith be dropped?

  85. Eng says:
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    Howdy Grey! I have to ask re Gausman….are you saying he has Kershaw-upside? I own him this year in a limited# keeper and was thinking of kicking him back but if we’re talking Clayton…..

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Eng: I think Grey’s just saying he has fantasy No. 1 potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: He has potential, but I was just saying you can’t trust rookie numbers

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

  86. Marv says:
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    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12 of24)
    I have Braun/McCutch/Holliday/Bruce/Polanco and Springer for 4 OF spots. Trade partner doesn’t want Holliday, wants Springer badly, has offered:
    My Springer / Cishek / Ventura for His C Santana / Kenley / Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: You can do better

      • Marv says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys

      • Marv says:
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        @Grey: Grey,
        what if I can get the guy to throw in Garret richards somehow, do you see him staying that strong in the second half ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Marv: Springer’s too valuable in a keeper

  87. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    I.. believe.. in.. Stephen.. Vogt. <—- sorry I have asthma.

    FACT: Xander Bogaerts at SS in 199 atbats: .296 AVG & .816 OPS. at 3B in 135 atbats: .141 AVG & .430 OPS.

    Dear Red Sox, move him back to SS!!! bought low and expecting the best yet to come.

  88. trade market says:
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    Could use a little help at pitching… got an offer of wheeler for my trumbo.. both for this year and next year h2h waiver limit?

  89. Marv says:
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    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12 of24),
    was also offered this trade from another team – His Ortiz for My Arenado (already have Seager @3B). I won’t keep either of them

      • Marv says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:
        Sorry so long, but look at this team, I’m in first and playing to win this year, I feel like Nolan won’t be one of my top 12….
        C -Mauer (DL)
        1B-Goldy
        2B – B. Dozier
        SS – Desmond
        3B-Seager
        MI – D. Murphy
        CI- Nolan
        OF – Braun
        OF – McCutch
        OF – Bruce
        OF – Holliday
        BN – Springer
        BN- Polanco
        BN – Prado
        SP – Bum
        SP – Sale
        SP – Bailey
        RP -Chapman
        RP – Kimbrel
        P – Cishek
        P – Kennedy
        BN -Wood
        BN- Ventura
        BN-Arrietta
        BN – Hammel
        DL – Cashney

        • @Marv: I still think with the Coors effect That Arenando would be worth more to you than Papi, who has struggled lately..

  90. c0wfunk says:
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    ahoyhoy fb consultants.. Would you trade Tyson Ross for Hunter Pence? I have a whole slew of random pitchers and hodge padres; could use another consistent batting average in the OF

    in a related note – holding on hope that Bruce will be worth keeping over the next few weeks? Playoffs rapidly approaching in h2h land. Thanks!

  91. Lopes says:
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    In a 10 team h2h keeper would you trade rios for cespedes?

  92. Micah Stupak says:
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    Swap QS for W and that’s my league. I’m in first and I’ve got an offer to swap Kluber and Jesse Winker for Felix. It’s a dynasty league but Felix is too expensive to keep. The other two, dirt cheap and free. I’d be tempted to do it if I weren’t in first already (and have been 12 of the last 14 weeks). Don’t mess with a good thing, even if you get Felix, am I right? Razzball ROS projections for the two are not different enough to matter, I think. Thoughts?

      • Micah Stupak says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: But I’m already at the top. The big improvement from Kluber to Felix is ERA, and I’m already leading the league in ERA by .2… I just don’t think it’s a big enough improvement.

      • Micah Stupak says:
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        @Grey: That was my thinking too, thanks.

  93. SportiveTricks says:
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    Any thoughts on streaming Niese tonight? SoN doesn’t really like it.

  94. L-Boogie says:
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    Any specific reasons why SON not lovin Kluber’s start this week? 4.7 @ KC. Doesn’t seem right. Last time vs KC at home 8+ inn, 1 ER, 10 K . Is he that much worse on the road? I’d think by now he’s a must start.

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @L-Boogie: He threw 8.2 against Detroit, I’m starting Kluber everytime out right now, dude is locked in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: Start Kluber every start

  95. Ben. says:
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    Do you think Mike Leake is going to regress?

    Who would you rather have for the rest of the season – Matt Garza, Bartolo Colon or Mike Leake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben.: I don’t fully trust Leake…But I’d hold him if I had him

  96. Marv says:
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    Odorizzi is on the wire, upgrade over Ventura?

  97. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    Corey Dickerson or Pearce?

    Danke

  98. Jason says:
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    Grey –

    thanks to you i now have borderlilne stuck in my head.it would have been more pleasing to have a blurb about cuban players and “la isla bonita” as the Madonna reference, but whatevs…

    in terms of keepers pick two of: Ventura, Sonny Gray and Cole.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Ha, you’re welcome! Gray, Ventura

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: It took me 3 long days to get rid of that Laverne and Shirley theme song out of my head. I stay away from all music links now lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, it did sound like it though, didn’t it?

  99. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Grey: In a keep forever league, is it worth dealing Goldy for:

    Posey, Greinke, and a closer?

    I’m in first place and looking to stay there. My pitching has been iffy and my Rosario has been kind of busty.

    I can only keep three total and my other keeper options are Stanton, Abreu, Harper, Cano, Rizzo.

    I tried to get the deal done with Cano or Harper instead of Goldy but he’s not budging.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  100. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Archer for Volquez? 10-team, 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  101. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    Multiplicity, out huntin my clones,
    Rap’s turning out more sweet proteges than Quincy Jones,
    My style pendergrass shoes never touch the ground,
    My IQ’s so high it ain’t no number, it’s a sound,
    I’m Jim Brown in his day, toughest player to tackle,
    I’ll leave your brains hangin out like Chris Rock’s adams apple,
    Im so rare, battling me is like Africa,
    Yeah n*iggas talk about it, but they don’t really wanna go there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  102. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of guys below. who do you like? need wins, era and ks in that order. son numbers in parentheses.

    degrom (4.1) – @ sea, @ mil
    lynn (9.5) – vs tb
    lincecum (10.4) – vs lad
    miley (16.2) – @ phi

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lincecum, Lynn

  103. Kevin says:
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    Just dropped Joe Smith for Mejia. Looking like Héctor Rondón isn’t doing much at present.

    Would you grab Putnam or Giles and drop Rondón? I’m seeing saves right now out of Putnam so I’m leaning that direction.

    My ERA/WHIP are doing great due to my starters so I currently don’t need anything but saves from my RPs (Reed, Mejia, Rondón – currently).

    Could also drop Dan Haren for Putnam or Giles to role as the three (mediocre/bad) amigos and Reed.

    Thanks in advance,

    Kevin

  104. hifi says:
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    JFer,Tanaka, GCole owner here. it’s a wonder I can win any SP categories this season…

    After Yu’s last start are we still concerned that he’s doing donuts in the ER parking lot or are we in wait and see mode?

    I’m thinking about spinning him off for Kluber + Iwakuma, is that batshit crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not completely unconcerned… That trade doesn’t sound terrible if you need depth on pitching…

  105. Jonesy says:
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    I know it’s way early, but how far behind Miggy do you think Rizzo will be in next year’s pre-draft rankings? I’m trying to project my keepers before going on a selling binge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not very far as of now

      • Jonesy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – do you keep him over Donaldson given the weakness of 3B?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Jonesy says:
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            @Grey: I’m asking who you think will likely be a better keeper going into next year between Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo, given their position differences.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rizzo

  106. Fish says:
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    JZimmerman/Wright/Springer for Pablo/Bumgarner? Too much to give for my Giants?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Fish: zimm and bum almost ranked the same. even if you like sandoval slightly better than wright (i don’t) you’d bascially be giving up springer for free.

  107. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Collmenter,Despaigne or Joe Kelly…ROS in a standard points league…..not tryn to answer my own question but am I the only one who likes Kelly? Hes been reliable in points league for awhile already….who do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly is fine there… They’re not ROS options or reliable

  108. We all knew this was coming:

    Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with right elbow inflammation.
    Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Cain finished the first half of the 2014 season with a disappointing 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in 90 1/3 innings. He will be eligible to return from the disabled list later this week, but the Giants haven’t offered up any hints about a timetable.
    Jul 21 – 11:49 AM

  109. Insert funny name here says:
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    It’s time to look to next year I think…. 7weeks to climb 5 spots to make the playoff seems unlikely so do I revisit the Hanley for price trade? My pitching is pretty strong so adding price isn’t nesassary but he is a keeper and Hanley isn’t
    What are the long term thoughts on kolten Wong ? Would you keep him as an 18th round pick next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve compared Wong to Pedroia in the past

  110. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Beckett @Pitt , Roark @Cin or Cueto vs Was…you would think the obvious with Cueto but damn hes been giving up 2 and 3 runs the last 7 starts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  111. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start one of the guys below. need sbs, hr and runs in that order. who do you like best? ht numbers in parentheses.

    bruce (5.4) – 3 @ mil, 3 vs was
    pedroia (13.1) – 4 @ tor, 3 @ tb
    arenado (10.0) – 3 vs was, 3 vs pit
    polanco (14.4) – 3 vs lad, 3 @ col (facing 4 lefties, who he has not been good against)

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  112. Jacks says:
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    You know we’re going to turn you into a RZimm lover again, just so you can be devastated one more time next year when you draft him rather high and he gets injured: Zimmerman is batting .418 (23 for 55) with two home runs, eight doubles, nine runs and 16 RBI in his last 15 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, of course… I’ll probably love him again next March…

  113. Travis says:
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    who is the new angels closer?, ’cause i could use a closer very bad i just pulled this trade

    my zimmerman + anibal+robertson for his Scherzer+hunter pence

    • @Travis: Huston Street is closing for the halos now, Benoit has taken over in Hodgepodge land..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guy by the name of Huston Street… Scherzer side

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course Sabean signed him… Ha…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Can’t wait for Julio Franco in September when he calls up the young pups

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know who’s always in the Sabean wings? Renteria!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Sabean is the Grey Lothario Cougar-Chasing Albright of the MLB free agent pool.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A man after my own heart

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Sky: man I hope he turns into Uggla from 4 or 5 years ago for my Giants

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I have my doubts but then again, anything over 30 in San Fran seems to get the Ponce De Leon elixir. He’s just getting a minor league deal so no promise he even actually makes it onto the major league roster.

  114. Jc says:
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    Joe Kelly or Odrisamer Despaigne?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Otis

  115. Moscowitz says:
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    In a saves and holds league i own three closers (Papelbon, Doolittle, Allen) and two holders (Davis and Betances). I am playing with the idea to give up on one holder to add Casilla. I would be dropping Davis. I am just not sure if its the right move as holds were coming by very slowly for both Davis and Betances but on the other hand they have been a pleasure to my ratios so that i constantly win atleast 5 of 8 pitching categories in a H2H league. What would you do?

    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Moscowitz: I play in a similar league with saves and Holds…and instead of rostering guys like the porcellos of the world i took on extra relievers…who have high K rates and get Holds or Saves…has worked out great for me. I basically win saves and holds each week, my ratios stay low, and i keep 6 good starters (no Aces..think Kluber, Wood, Baily types) to even out the rest of the stats.Works best though if there is a weekly moves limit so that you cant get streamed to death though. Also traded away any of my top pitchers to go heavy on offense.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Its working perfectly for me so far. we only have 50 moves for the whole season so streaming is not an option, its more like you have to think and act long term in this league so i have been dominant with this strategy of constantly throwing out a couple of high K middle relievers instead of taking the risk of getting shelled every once in a while by eratic performances of some fifth or fourth starter. I am doing fine with likes of Bailey, Kazmir, Arrieta, Gray, Wood…

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Moscowitz: Ha nice….sounds like we are playing the same game.

  116. Moscowitz says:
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    Couple of other questions if you dont mind

    1- Vogt or Rosario ROS?
    2- Drop Corey Dickerson for Ryan Zimmerman?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario…. Sure, Zimm

  117. Matty says:
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    Thoughts on Andrus/ Price for Tulo/ Sonny? I’d offer the former for the latter. Is the most recent day to day a harbinger of a return to normal Tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tulo

  118. Joe says:
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    Better keeper for next year 12 team H2H Arenado for 22nd or Xander for 11th round pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  119. Q says:
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    I was so excited on draft day to get Bruce, Choo, and Alex Gordon. Now Bruce is traded and I’m tired of doing the weekly dance of who’s going to suck less between the other two. Wish they would just shut Choo down for his ankle so I can be done with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  120. Paul says:
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    I’m considering selling low on Bruce because Calhoun/Dickerson/Crisp/Ozuna/Polanco/Yelich are all on waivers + I could use some pitching help. I don’t think any of those guys are better than Bruce, but I think they can give comparable production playing the matchups etc.

    What sort of pitching return should I be looking for Bruce to make it worth it? I really like Ryu ROS – would he and a strong CP or someone like Cashner do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you should do better than Ryu… Or at least get two SPs around Ryu’s value

  121. jb says:
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    needed BA and saves just traded BJ uptown, Bruce and joe smith for victorino, aramis ramirez and addison reed…should I have held on to Bruce (he has bee killing me)…and do you think aramis will get decent power #s rest of way??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Aramis will probably get injured… I would’ve taken Bruce in that trade

      • jb says:
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        yeah it was more of a salary dump(we have salary cap)…I think he will bounce back but he and upton bat about .215 this season and I also have Tex so i needed a BA bump without losing much pop and this worked along with getting saves from reed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  122. Q says:
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    Re: Corgan. Wrestling promoter not even a reinvention. Was ALWAYS into it.

    He’s definitively a weird dude. Massively into ALL sports ….used to have a weekly radio spot where he talked Cubs. Sat in front row at Bulls games, played encores in Blackhawks jersey, etc.

    Also fan of tea and cats (where’s Gareth?!?) and manages to be both a semi liberal AND a conspiracy theorist and global warming denier ( even has a song about the latter).

    BTW, I missed the Corgan reference in the write up–I’m well conditioned to see the words “Casey mcgehee” and let my eyes slide on by–and thought Cram was just giving us a Random Billy Corgan Fact of the Day. Despite all his rage, people still ask catcher questions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s what Cougs told me yesterday too (about Corgan loving sports, not about Cram and catcher questions)… Seem like dissimilar things…But I’m by no means an expert on Corgan

      • Q says:
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        @Grey: let’s talk about a world where the Cougs is educating you on ’90s alt rock icons….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She used to write about music… She knows way more on music than I… I only know rap…

      • Q says:
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        @Grey: I think he’s super contrarian. When alternative became mainstream, he made himself SUPER un hipster so he’d be the least “alt” of the “alt” guys. The anti Cobain if you will….you never get over Courtney once you drink that poison.

        Here’s my Random Name Drop Alt Rock Fact of the Day: I had a buddy who taught elementary at a private school in early 2000s. Had Frances Bean Cobain in his class. Said she was shy and quiet ( no kidding, right ?) Said the weirdest part was getting the report cards back signed by Courtney Love.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Awesome name drop…. Got one back at ya, Cougs’s goddaughter goes to school with Paris and blanket and the Jackson kids…

          • Q says:
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            @Grey:
            Wow. That’s awesome. LA stories are nuts!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, pretty wild, they’re all friends… Crazy town…

  123. Pin pong says:
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    16 team h2h redraft

    Couple of trade opp

    Doolittle for beckett

    Springer for sonny

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take the left sides

      • Pin pong says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Very helpful

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  124. Shizz-o-nator says:
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    Ok to trade Bogaerts for Grienke in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  125. Fistering says:
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    Pick up Morton, leake, or Koehler for de gram,Lynn, or keuchel? Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  126. Two Questions for you:
    start 2 of 3 for the week H2H points

    BATS:
    CBelt
    Kemp
    Trumbo
    Hitter-Tron likes the top 2, who would you start?

    ARMS:
    Liriano V LAD @ home
    D Sal (could get 2 starts) @ Minny & maybe @ KC
    Yo Gallardo @home v the NY Mess
    SON likes the top 2, who would you start?

    cheers fellow Jersey native

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jersey! Kemp, Trumbo… Salazar, Gallardo

  127. Andrew says:
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    Rank?

    Ryu at Pirates ($10)
    Elias home vs Mets ($10)
    Lacket at Blue Jays ($8)
    Hutchison home vs Red Sox ($5)
    Nuno home vs Tigers ($1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu, Elias, Hutch

  128. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team 5×5 weekly league:

    Miley @ Philly (SON 16.2)
    Cobb @ StL (10.2)
    Odorizzi @ StL (6.2) and vs Red Sox (11.1)
    Arrieta vs StL (8.6)
    McCarthy vs Tex (6.5)
    Hah @ Atl (4.4)

    Need to start 2. Go with SON and start Miley and Cobb? Or can Arrieta sneak in the top 2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb, Arrieta

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: You must really hate St. Louis.

        Thanks.

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @L-Boogie: As a STL fan who owns Arrieta, i hope he does well there taking a no decision. I have nothing against them beating up on Cobb though :)

  129. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in league where i have everybody on DET/MIL/CLE now that v-mart is back do i drop k.davis or castellanos for him. we play 2 of every position. with OPS. castellanos has literally ranked 8 spots higher in last 30 days than k.davis. could also drop rajai (he has 0 net steals in last 30 days, he gets caught a lot), but that sounds crazy since he’s actually hitting better than both of these other guys. also castellanos has 3B for any off days by miggy/aram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, lose Davis

  130. gareth says:
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    Still laughing at the kurt Cameron banana thing.

    Here’s a thought: Is it humanly possible for one straight dude to watch another straight dude eat a banana without (a) looking uncomfortable (b) laughing/smiling c) (d) walking away before the dude finishes his snack.

    Also – and i swear this is true – my local giant eagle grocery store self checkout station says the word “banana” in a moderately sexual tone.

    I’m suddenly craving a banana (to eat)………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  131. Game of Throws says:
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    12 team H2H re-draft

    Who wins:

    Bryce Harper for Jose Bautista?

    Thanks!

  132. gareth says:
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    Re: Billy Corgan,

    I always though he sang like he was in a wrestling choke hold so I guess the transition makes sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  133. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    different league. OPS/K’s/XBH/net steals/double plays turned. we have 2 IF slots and 3 utils.
    drop one of these to activate gattis.
    santana/harrison.(already have wong/alcantara/altuve). would only have 1 3B if i drop harrison, and he’s been overall better than santana. this is d.santana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: other than 2 days many weeks ago harrison is not losing playing time either, in fact now polanco is. (it’s possible pretty soon there will be polanco drop for harrison questions)

  134. gareth says:
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    Joe Nathan Russian roulette.

    Red is he gets you saves.

    Black is he craps over your ratios and loses his job.

    He was dropped in my league. You betting on red or black, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Red

  135. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      G177!

  136. Travis says:
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    what can i get for

    1-CarGo?
    2-puig?
    3-Harper?
    4-Pence?

    in pitching wise…
    thanks again guys

  137. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team 5×5.

    Teheran, J-Up, Chisenhall for Miggy and De Aza

    • Travis says:
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      @L-Boogie:

      i’d say miggy but there’s deep staff in the other side, if i was the miggy owner i’d be asking for something better ‘thoug.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Travis:The other guy needs pitching bad and I also have Kluber, Iwakuma, Cobb, Alex Wood, Arrieta, Odorizzi, Miley, McCarthy, closers, etc. And we only start 7 P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy side

  138. Jacks says:
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    Ugh, Hanley or Wong this week? Hanley not in lineup today, and could see him taking the CHI series off. Wong has only 5 games, and 1 vs lefty so he’ll probably start 4 of em. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  139. Kevin says:
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    Drop Haren for Buchholz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  140. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Gotta love rotoworld:
    “Braves activated C Evan Gattis from the 15-day disabled list.”
    “He hit the ball well on his minor league rehab assignment ….”

    Gattis was 3 for 16 with 7 k’s and no homers during his time w/ Triple A Gwinnett. Apparently my definition of “well” differs greatly from rotoworld’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Their quality has come down this year

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Grey: clearly their “writer” just decided he’d rather jack off than look anything up. we all would, but that guy is getting paid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, and I just followed his lead…

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: That is good . Exactly the Braves style. Fredi will bat him leadoff today.

  141. big league choo says:
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    limited move league with QS and L

    lose either one of Skaggs/Buchholz for Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  142. goodfold2 says:
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    ROSSCUP DOWN! (but sent this time, not injured).
    best 5 streams of the week?
    today
    vogelsong @ PHI
    hutchison vs BOS
    Tue
    -salazar @ MIN
    -nelson vs CIN (guessing we should see at least one more good start here, after he had one of the worst looking starts this year as witnessed by pitcher profile of JB)
    -santiago vs BAL
    -degrommit @ SEA (SON hates this one, even though he’s been good)
    Petit @ PHI
    Wed
    Bauer @ MIN
    Thurs
    mccarthy vs TEX
    chen @ SEA
    Fri
    Miley @ PHI
    Keuchel vs MIA
    Sat
    Vogel vs LAD
    Sun
    mchugh vs MIA
    petit vs LAD
    nelson vs NYM (if nelson looks good earlier in week i’m guessing this could slide in )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You love your Rosscup… Hutch, Salazar, McCarthy, Miley, Keuchel (bunch of toss ups for last one)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: nah, he just has a cool name. surprised Bauer isn’t in that.

  143. blindnuts says:
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    Polanco for Andrus and Beckett…which side?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @blindnuts: if redraft grab the two sided part.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  144. Jake Taylor says:
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    Grey

    In a redraft league and I have a pretty good leg up on the playoffs… Should I hold T Walker for the playoff run or drop and take a shot with someone else?
    Gausman , buchholz or Hutchinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, you can hold for now

  145. goodfold2 says:
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    jesus, just now we finally hear that beckett has 2 cysts and labrum tear in his hip, but “he’ll be ok” due to a cortisone shot. my question is how long has he had this. he didn’t just get all that in his last start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @goodfold2: I think we’ve gotten our money’s worth from him this season anyway

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jef with 1 f: compared to what we expected yes, but by this juncture he’s a very valuable piece of like 5 of my leagues.

  146. goodfold2 says:
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    deep league, santiago or buerhler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  147. Jack says:
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    In my 10 team H2H league OBP league someone just dropped Votto who the Reds are saying will be out for another 5 weeks. The Cards reported that Wacha will also be out for at least 5 weeks. Wacha is on my DL. I’m wondering if I ought to drop him to pick up Votto.

    My pitching is weaker than my hitting. If I keep Wacha he would replace Kennedy, Lincecum or Hammels when he comes off the DL. My hitting is strong especially in HR & RBI. I’m weaker in R, OBP and SB. If I pick up Votto he would replace K. Davis when he comes off the DL.

    Drop Wacha for Votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Votto

  148. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Harper heats up, plays 3 days in a row after the all star break. So Williams sits him in Colorado. Plus I’m in a dentist’s chair listening to Huey Lewis. Hopefully my evening is better than my day.

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: Nothing wrong with a little Huey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Huey is the point where it turns for the better, unless it’s Power of Love… Then I can’t help you…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: lol….two huey references in one day..has to be a record

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Best record ever!

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: I’m pretty sure there was a Back to The Future reference today too…speaking of power of love

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              One that won’t cost too much or come in a pill?

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: don’t need no credit card to ride this train

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Especially not the LIRR

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: Ha definitely not

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: Want a new drug?

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @SteveNZ: Do you believe in love?

  149. Fenst says:
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    Have Frazier and D. Wright in a keeper league. Been starting Wright at UTIL but have some decent plays there between A. Gordon and A. LaRoche. Could use a boost to my pitching.

    Wright is having a blah year, but am I selling too low for a guy like Sonny Gray or Kluber?

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Fenst: I’d take kluber for Wright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too low

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: As a met fan I don’t think he’s getting much more then kluber for Wright..Wright just won’t get much in a trade at this point…unless you throw in a huey Lewis CD

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s the Kluber of love!

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: that was a reach bro…nice effort though…if my wife read this she may reconsider our marriage

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Fenst: wright for either sounds good to me. not sure which Grey’s gonna say but i’d take kluber.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life: i just got done doing wright and porcello for zimmerman. surprised to hear zimm is that much better than kluber/gray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… Comment of the day…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @costaricanchata: they didn’t team up with the audio/visual genuises like our own Nick.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: a man so mighty he flies right through defintions that would only restrict him to one medium. the word podcast is even back in the intro now. so it’s a podcast radio show that is also in video.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, yup

  150. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 12-team 5×5 roto:
    With Beckett coming of the DL I need to drop one:
    Putnam, Hahn, Gee, Beckett
    Or, keep Beckett on the DL for now and see how Putnam plays out for a week or so.
    I have Allen, Doolittle, and Zach Britton for closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See how Putnam plays out

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: damn shame about petricka tonight, but this is the first time i’ll actually stick with putnam. in a 16 teamer i’ve literally changed course after each and every save. but 2 in 2 days for putnam, and not trusting petricka after him putting 2 on, and then getting yanked only after actually K’ing altuve (springer wasn’t playing) with make me stick putnam (unless of course petricka gets the next one too)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m sticking with Putnam too having switched five times now…

  151. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh man, was too late getting Teheran active. I’m gonna pay for this…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, but I hope so

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: You’d think with this extra spare time, I’d be on top of this stuff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How’s unemployed life treating you? You should watch Rake, it’s awesome, though you prolly already know about it…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: House to myself with more time to concentrate on fantasy baseball and sports in general – what’s not to like? Seriously, it is nice being able to take a little downtime (and I could probably get used to it) but kids good eat y’know, so it will be good to get back to work at some stage. Maybe after we get back from Europe!

            Rake? Is that the series about the Australian lawyer? It’s been on here but haven’t watched it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds like you’re living the life… Hope there’s lots of hammock time! Yeah, that’s the show, surprised you never watched, terrific show, I even downloaded the third season which isn’t available here yet…

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: what is Rake?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Australian show about an attorney… It’s on Netflix streaming… Excellent… Don’t watch the one with greg kinnear, that’s awful…

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: would the wife like it

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cougs likes it

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: Nice

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll check it out

  152. jef with 1 f says:
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    Danny it…Dee Gordon is 0 fer 1 to start my week…I’m Fucked

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @jef with 1 f: And by Danny it I meant Damn it ha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Danny it, wet tail!

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Grey: Ha ha

  153. Mello Yello says:
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    Officially off the Yordano train…this is a sad day…

    In other news, I’m completely obsessed with Something About You by Level 42 (I’m only hearing this now? Really 80s Pandora?) and Collard Greens by Schoolboy Q f/ Kendrick Lamar…so good…it’s how the kids say, the Ryan KalISH! Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Collard Greens and Level 42 is my kind of mix CD!

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Oh Grey man, forget about it…Sly and the Family Stone, Thievery Corporation, and Nas and let’s call it a day!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s call it a love affair!

          • Mello Yello says:
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            @Grey: Wait what the hell just happened there? I mean I’m trying to backdoor my way to contribute to Razzball, but…

            Haha, backdoor and but

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Big Magoo: Ha ..sledgehammer…classic…it will never be like that again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The girls in Blurred Lines are terrific actresses… Any video the Thompson Twins made is top ten…

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Aren’t they? I bought into their characters completely. Don’t even remember how the song went…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A spiritual comment on gender confusion… Or maybe there was no meaning… Either way, awesome!

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Big Magoo: @Grey: You ever see the movie Duets?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              God no

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: you NEED to see it…Huey kills it in that movie…it’s not bad …I can’t believe I’m saying this.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And Paltrow? Oh, c’mon… I’d rather watch a Sex & the City marathon…

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: Ha I’m telling you it’s not great but something you need to see…Don’t forget Bernie Mac

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Big Magoo: I’ve been to a Huey Lewis concert at Jones Beach…he killed it

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @jef with 1 f: He is so freggin great it hurts

      • Big Magoo

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        @jef with 1 f: That’s awesome. Seems like they would be a blast to see live.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Big Magoo: yea they were good

  154. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Shane Greene committed three errors through the first four innings of tonight’s game. Must’ve watched some old Chuck Knoblauch footage before the game…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  155. costaricanchata says:
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    hutchinson .
    how do i hate you ?
    let me count the ways .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      way to go , anklebiter !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  156. Pope says:
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    12 Team H2H, we keep 2.

    Would you trade my A. Gordon ($17, Rios ($22) and Longo ($29) for Brantley ($1)?
    Or is that too much? Guy hasn’t been biting on any of my offers for Brantley all year.

    I’ve got Pujols, Rizzo, Frazier, Heyward, Puig, Bruce, (Myers) left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Brantley

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  157. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    To clarify my earlier Huey Lewis comment: I don’t dislike all things Huey. Just the stuff after Sports. Stuck with You was the other instrument of torture this afternoon, besides my dentist’s drill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…I could see how that could make things more painful…

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: LOL…we made you feel guilty about it…that’s great

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @jef with 1 f: There’s something wrong with you if you can’t admit to liking Huey…that can weigh on one’s conscience haha

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Mello Yello: Yea he’s a stud

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @jef with 1 f: Well the guilt was appropriate. I couldn’t in conscience slag off their entire catalogue.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Mr. Tibbs: Ha

  158. Mello Yello says:
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    Woooo Boston Massacre Part (Every Time We’ve Beaten The Shizz Out Of Someone…Plus That One Time When That Dude Got Shot With Those Other Guys…yeah that)…this last place team is WICKED PISSAH bitches!

  159. SteveNZ says:
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    Could they not at least make a passing reference to Jeter’s declining range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Need range for it to decline

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: good point

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s true.

        Not that I’m hating on Jeter BTW. He seems to get a lot of hate that should be going elsewhere. Opprobrium should be directed at all the people who’ve blown smoke up his ass all these years IMHO.

        Guy’s been an excellent hitter (which means he’s had some big playoff hits – I don’t believe in clutch), I bet he’s hardly ever refused an autograph and he would be a sponsor’s dream.

        Short of curing cancer, I’m not sure what more you’d want from a guy’s baseball career.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Oh, and I meant to include that he’s never gotten into serious trouble off the field.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, he’s done all you could expect/want from him… He’s probably hit the opposite way to get a runner over more than 98% of other players

  160. frankgrimes says:
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    I gave kipnis and street for chris davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a decent gamble for power

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I’ll take decent been trying to trade kipnis for two months

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I here ya

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @jef with 1 f: All this video made me want to do is troll Karaoke bars for lonely middle-aged women.

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Mr. Tibbs: lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albright!

  161. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Billy Hamilton has more homeruns than Josh Hamilton.

    Drug-life!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  162. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone else watching Yanks-Rangers?

    I’m not by any means steeped in baseball lore or etiquette, but the discussion they’ve just been having, justifying Colby Lewis’ reaction to Rasmus bunting into a shift over the weekend (2 outs no one on) is laughable to these ears.

    Completely effing laughable.

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @SteveNZ: what’s their take? Hard to imagine any reasonable person thinking Lewis is anything but a gasbag. Wasn’t it like 2-0 in the 6th? Isn’t the idea to get on base?

      I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.. You want teams to stop shifting on you, make them pay for it.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Abdoozy: They were against it, without really being able to articulate why. “You just don’t do that” seemed to be about all they had. Boone said the fact that it was a shift made some difference, but couldn’t (or wouldn’t) say why, or how much.

        Ridiculous. Its like “Yeah, we’ll give you the bunt, but don’t you be taking it now. That ain’t right.”

        I like the etiquette, conventions and traditions of a lot of sports, but some of them really are just pure bullshit.

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          @SteveNZ: I think Lewis was just pissed that he had to run off the mound.

          He said Rasmus wasn’t really trying to help his team because he didn’t try to steal once he got on base. FFS. Dude has two steals all year. None last year. He ain’t Dee Gordon.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Abdoozy: Oh, and it was bad because Rasmus is a power hitter, so shouldn’t be bunting somehow – and then he didn’t try and steal second.

        They agreed with Lewis that Rasmus was selfish and only did it to boost his average.

        Er, Rasmus is batting .224. If Lewis thinks he’s bunting in a shift to boost THAT average, he’s dumber than he looks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lewis is a gasbag… All unwritten rules are stupid…or they’d be written!

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            @Grey: that’s the funniest part, these type of things they are talking about really are just prejudices. they fit that definition exactly.
            “prejudgment, or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case.” could also be called ignorant assumptions. but in these cases an attachment to this first part is a second part of righteous indignation (where it has no call to be at all)
            “rasmus should bunt here (and use reasonable strategy), but he won’t, because it’s simply not done”.

  163. Abdoozy says:
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    I give Gattis, Sanchex and Bruce
    I get Price and Zobrist.
    Reasonable?
    H2h redraft w/QS, OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price side

  164. Carter says:
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    Ok – would you rather be starting Arenado/Adam Jones/Ellsbury or Beltre/Gomez/Calhoun or Khris Davis?

    • Carter says:
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      @Carter: If that even makes sense. Grey the almighty, hopefully you understand me.

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

      • Carter says:
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        @Grey: Trade was going to be beltre and gomez for jones and ellsbury. Ended up just doing beltre for jones.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That works

  165. gareth says:
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    White sox leading into the seventh. Time for the petricka / Putnam enigma to become less / more clear.

    I swear Maddon and Ventura have a “double dog dare ya” thing going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  166. Mello Yello says:
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    Zunino Bomb!! (alarm sound, alarm sound) Zunino Bomb!! (alarm sound, alarm sound)…yeahhhhhhhhhh boy!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  167. frankgrimes says:
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    stay hot Adam jones!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hell yeah!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I want three HRs
        I’m greedy yo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would’ve been so sweet, but then I might’ve had to rewrite the lede, which would’ve been less sweet…

  168. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    what was the rationale about why my reyes for eaton/segura is not a good deal for me in a dynasty? i’m guessing you’re worried about segura being shitty due to kid death. i’m more of the opinion (not really opinion, but probability) that he was shitty for the previous 9 months for either having a kid or having a sick kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re more interested in future value, go for it…

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: to illustrate this point, i know for a fact my life would go straight off the rails had I 1.impregnated someone, AND 2. she had this child. i am probably not a good comparison though as i consider my seed’s possible potency to be nearly a disease and any possible egg i come in contact with to be a parasite. #1 alone happening would likely immediately cause some sort of breakdown.

  169. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    well matt harvey for frazier was accepted immediately. maybe i should have asked for more? guy kept trying stuff like E5 for kershaw (i told him if E5 was under 25 that would work). this is dynasty. i know this deal is good for me, and i still have latos/kershaw/darvish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, that’s solid

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: i mean, like 3 minutes accepted.

  170. goodfold2 says:
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    really, kuroda’s
    6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks is a streamer line? if i had even 3 pitchers that did that every time out i’d probably win 70% more leagues.

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @goodfold2: that’s what happens when you have a bad month of May, combined with being on a team that sucked; everybody jumped off him.

      If he had a line like that every time out he’d be 100% owned. Problem is, he doesn’t. Two starts back, he’s @MIN and doesn’t make it through 6, 4 runs, 9 baserunners in 5.2, just 3 Ks. Pitchers who aren’t streamers need to do better than that in that ballpark.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Abdoozy: i’m not arguing for kuroda himself not being a streamer in standard sized leagues at this point. he is. i’m mean the idea that that stat line is a streamer’s line is faulty.

  171. Abdoozy says:
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    Can someone find out for me what the trolls who write the blurbs on the ESPN fantasy “playercard” are smoking? Because it’s gotta be some great stuff.

    Actual quote about Brock Holt: ” Holt’s played 51 straight games and is hitting .328/.365/.460 out of the leadoff spot. With 288 plate appearances this season, Holt has started to drop off a bit.”

    This is how he’s “dropped off: ” on June 30 Holt’s slash line was .315/.362/.440.

    His slash for the month of July: .357 / .392 / .500.

    SMDH.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Abdoozy: yeah, i’m playing the top offense in my biggest money league this week, it has a-gon/abreu/holt/altuve/trout/cargo 2. he’s had best hitting entire year, except in steals. i could win those.

  172. huggz says:
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    I’m in an 8-team league (I know.) I made some BAD picks: Prince, Myers, Nathan, Balfour, Tillman, Masterson, Jimenez, but luckily we all make the playoffs. I need pitching help. Here are my guys:
    Waino, Teheran, Lester, Odorizzi,De Grom, Latos, Simon, Gee, Hammel, Casilla, Melancon

    On the waiver wire:
    Miley, Lackey, Chavez, Leake, Beckett (do you really trust a guy with something in his body that has been determined to be torn?!), McHugh, Alex Wood, Roark, Rubby, H. Alvarez, Duffy, Joe Kelly, Buerhle, Niese, Chris Young, Morton, Porcello, Stroman

    Who would you pick up/drop? I feel like I should just punt saves and go all starters (guys in my league seem to love saves as they all have, like 4 closers. Latos is going to be the first to go from my starters.

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